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Curricular Internship

Curricular internships are learning activities that allow students to obtain credits contemplated in the course structure diagram of their degree programme, which also allow to acquire practical skills and make initial contact with the world of work.

Internships are carried out on the basis of an agreement between the University of Bologna and the Host Structure (company, public body, professional firm etc.) and an internship programme signed by the parties concerned.

Who is eligible

Students are eligible for internships, which must be carried out as part of their degree programme. For this Course Internship is an optional learning activity. The optional internship must necessarily be added to the curriculum in the periods proposed for the selection of elective courses.

Students can present the request for curricular internship in the period established by their study plan.


Unless otherwise established by national or European regulations, internships normally have a duration of 25 hours for every University educational credit (CFU) assigned to them in the course structure diagram for the degree programme. Internships must be completed within 12 months of their start date. Please check in your study plan the duration.

Internship type





150 hours


12 CFU

300 hours 

How to choose the Host Structure

Internships may be carried out in University structures or externally, either in Italy or abroad.

You can choose where to carry out the internship by browsing the list of structures that hold agreements with the University and/or internship offers already published on the University database Tirocini online.

If none of the offers meet your interest, you can submit a spontaneous application and, if approved, ask the Host Structure to publish an offer addressed to you (known as “ad personam” offer), via the University database Tirocini online. If the Host Structure does not already have an agreement with the University of Bologna, you must ask the structure to register on the database, sign the Agreement and then the internship administrative procedure can start.


How to activate an internship

Students can request an internship solely via the Tirocini online application.

Once you have identified the structure in which you wish to carry out the internship, you need to agree with the Host Contact Person your learning objectives and activities, the time lines to achieve them and all the other details required to complete the internship programme.

Once all internship details have been defined, you will be able to submit your internship application online according to the deadlines you can find attached in this web page.

The internship programme must be filled in by the Host Structure, then you will receive an e-mail where you are asked to accept or deny or change the internship programme. Only after this step the internship request is complete.

Approval of the internship

Applications will be submitted to the competent Internship Committee, which must authorise their activation. Students must download their attendance register before commencing their internship.

The Internship can be carried out in the period in between the start and end dates shown on the attendance register.

During the internship

During the internship, you must keep in contact with your University Tutor, whom you can refer to for any support or advice you may need on how to carry out your activities and you must record your daily activities in the attendance register.

The internship hours must be recorded during the period between the start and end dates shown on the attendance register.

Before leaving the Host Structure, make sure that the attendance register is countersigned by the Host Structure tTutor.

Withdrawal, interruption, suspension of the internship

If you intend to withdraw from or interrupt your internship for reasons that do not allow further continuation, you must notify the Ufficio tirocini, stating your reasons.

If for some reasons (exams, holidays, illness) you have to leave shortly the internship, you have to explain the reason why and  communicate your absence to both the Host Structure tutor and the Internship Committee, through written notice (by fax or e-mail) to the Ufficio tirocini. You are required to make up the days of absence.

What to do at the end of the internship


After completing the internship, to have it validated by the Internship Committee, you must:

  • fill in on line the date of the end of internship;
  • upload the Attendance register duly completed, stamped and signed in all its parts;
  • upload your final report drawn up on plain paper, for each period of the internship (see draft of the Final Report of the Student);
  • fill in the assessment questionnaire;
  • make the Host Structure fill in the assessment questionnaire.

   Final reports hand written or incomplete will not be accepted.

The Ufficio tirocini will submit to the Internship Committee the final documentation received in the first meeting. Students with specific deadlines (graduation, scholarships, etc.)  must organise their own training well in advance, taking into account these limits and then inquire early on dates already set for the meetings of the Internship Committee.

Request for recognition of work carried out during the internship

If the degree programme teaching regulations allow it, you may request the recognition of a work activity (or an activity comparable to it) that you carried out during the internship:

  • after including the internship in the study plan;
  • after completing the work activity (in Italy or abroad);
  • regardless of whether or not an internship agreement already exists between the Host Structure and the University of Bologna.

To obtain recognition, students must complete and present a specific form (form attached). After checking the admissibility of the request and the completeness of the documentation, the Internship Committee will express a favourable or adverse opinion.

Insurance cover

The University of Bologna guarantees insurance cover for students against accidents at work and third-party liability claims. 
In the event of travel to locations or structures not indicated in the approved internship programme, you can request an extension of the insurance cover - even during the internship - on condition that the travel concerned is consistent with the objectives of the internship.

Online courses on health and safety are compulsory for all students.

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